In fantasy football, there are some new trends that I enjoy writing about: dynasty leagues, and individual defensive player leagues. This weekly column will combine two of those by discussing two young IDPs. I will give my scouting thoughts on how they played a particular week. Today I will be discussing some of the young Eagles defensive linemen: DT Bennie Logan and DE Fletcher Cox. Too many times, defensive linemen are the scourge of the IDP world, only there to take up space and not contribute. While neither of these are exactly household names, both may provide fantasy points to your team at a cheap price.
DT Bennie Logan, PHIL- This defensive tackle lines up just off the right should of the center. Logan provides good initial pressure on both running and passing downs. He is a better run stuffer than a pass rusher as always tries to occupy two offensive linemen to provide cover for his linebackers. Logan moves a lot like an alligator, very quick and powerful straight ahead, but has trouble moving from side to side. The defender can split the seam between a center and guard causing issues when running inside. He mostly uses a bull-rush with a swim move to create separation between him and the offensive line. It is exhausting taking on two blockers, so he is rotating in and out of the line more than most other defensive linemen. Logan does a lot of stunting with the defensive ends, switching up gap responsibility to create havoc on the line of scrimmage. The 49ers did a good job of running to the outside which curbed his production versus his games against Indianapolis and Washington. The defensive tackle plays in a run heavy division and should be more effective once Head Coach Chip Kelly fixes the running aspect of the Eagles offense (he will be more rested with Philadelphia running the ball effectively). He is a decent DT2 in defensive tackle required leagues, but can be very boom or bust.
DE Fletcher Cox, PHIL- The third year defensive lineman is very versatile, because he lines up in the three, five, or seven gaps depending on the defensive play call. He usually lines up inside on third downs and long yardage situations. Cox provides great initial pressure, usually standing up his blocker, and disengages with them quickly. This lineman flows well laterally, using good vision to find the ball quickly and is quite athletic for a man his size. He gets his big mitts up when he can’t get to the passer and has been known to knock down or realign a few throws. Cox uses a combination of a swim move and spins to get around blockers and is very good at stunting with other members of the Eagles front four. The defensive lineman secures his spot on the line when the ball is coming his direction and can disengage to get to the ball carrier quickly. He has good balance and speed which he showed on a play beating Frank Gore to where the play got designed for no gain. I would be very comfortable using Cox as a DE3 or DE4, playing him against his division and weaker offensive lines. He has the talent to be a top 25 DE in time.